Gareth the Bard in Concert
Gareth has been performing at Norwescon as part of his band Celt Check! for five years now. Due to the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, Celt Check was not able to perform this year. So, Gareth will be performing a solo act for us all.
J. Grace McKelvy (M), Gareth the Bard
Mt. Baker Stage
You want to smear a political opponent, create a deep fake video of them in a compromising space. 3D technology has become so sufficiently sophisticated that it is becoming harder and harder to believe what you see. The implications for trust and the foundation of society are profound and very, very negative.
Sar Surmick (M), PJ Manney, Jaym Gates
Drag Academy Showcase
Grand Ballroom Stage
Do you like attention? Do you wanna be a star? Or do you just want to try something new? Tune in to the Drag Academy Showcase open stage improv roulette for an opportunity to shine! Throw on your sparkliest duds and your favorite lipstick, wear a lewk or just come as you are. It’s time to strut your stuff in this low-pressure open-stage Drag Academy roulette! No experience needed.
I Love Your Work: Support Tips for Busy Geeks
Mt. Rainier Stage
We’ve all been there. An artist we like is doing something cool and we want to support them, but the timing just doesn’t work out. How can we show our support even if we don’t have the money, the time, or the spoons? Come find answers direct from the source! Our panelists (who are fans too) will share some tips on the various ways you can show support that still helps, even if it feels like it isn’t enough. Also, learn what to avoid to ensure you’re being the best fan.
Dan Butler (M), Jonny Nero Action Hero, Sang Kromah
It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time
Aerospace is full of wonderful, and sometimes strange, ideas that just did not work out. Things like a space shuttle with a payload bay full of liquid hydrogen, a flying nuclear reactor (that also dropped nuclear bombs), and airplanes without wings. Come explore some of the weirder ideas engineers have come up with.
Lilith Dawn (M), Geoff Nunn, Dr. Dana Andrews, Dave Davis
Making Space for Making
Crafting, making, and cosplay all take equipment and materials. The panel will discuss different approaches to making space in your home for making, from boxes under the bed to dedicated makerspaces in garages and basements. In addition, we’ll discuss not making space, and the advantages and drawbacks of community makerspaces.
Joy Alyssa Day (M), Christopher Corbitt, Deborah Strub
Publishing Career Planning
We love it when a plan comes together, but how do we make that plan? How do we know where to go from there? What benchmarks should we set for ourselves to keep us on course?
Dale Ivan Smith (M), Jennifer Brozek, Jonathan Brazee, Coral Moore
Reading: Jason Brick
Wrestling Demons. YA novel about a high-school wrestler who finds out he’s part of an ancient struggle against the forces of evil. Rated PG.
Jason Brick (M)
Rejection: My Life as a Writer
From an honest writing group critique to having your series canceled by a major editor, rejection is an unwelcome but constant part of a writer’s life. Thick skins and strong wills are integral to submit work, receive editorial requests/demands, and, in the end, receiving reviews on your published work. Hear from writers who have been there, done that, and have the battle scars to prove it, but also learn about why it’s so important to keep trying, keep submitting, and KEEP WRITING!
Scott James Magner (M), Jasmine Silvera, Tex Thompson, Patrick Swenson, Rhiannon Held
The Greatest Liars in History
Some people can distort reality for others. They have the skills to convince people to act against their best interests. Others can project totally false images of themselves and their accomplishments. It has been said that a lie when repeated enough will seem like the truth to whole populations. Who were a few of the greatest liars?
Barth Anderson (M), Erik Mona, Berlynn Wohl, Ann Shilling
Virtual Movie Watch Party: Time Bandits
Join Norwescon members for an evening of science fiction and fantasy movies. We will use a Chrome browser plugin called Scener
to sync the movie and allow members to chat with one another. Due to licensing issues, you must have a subscription to today’s streaming service (HBO Max) and have logged into it before clicking on the link below. Movie description: A young boy accidentally joins a band of time-traveling dwarves, as they jump from era to era looking for treasure to steal. Rating: PG – mild violence. Runtime: 1h 50m. Join the watch party here!
Shawn Marier (M)
Reading: Stella Harris
Tongue Tied: Untangling Communication in Sex, Kink, and Relationships. Whether addressing sexual frustration with your partner, trying out new fantasies, or negotiating the terms of a BDSM scene, Stella Harris believes that communication skills are vital to sexual fulfillment. Tongue Tied gives readers straightforward advice on how to conquer their fears, identify their needs, and feel positively empowered. Rated R.
Stella Harris (M)
Norwescon Bibliophiles Book Club
Little Free Library Booth in the Arena
Norwescon’s own monthly book club meets to discuss the Nebula Award-winning novella “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang, the basis for the science fiction film Arrival. Come find us in the Little Free Library booth in the Arena.